Mišo Hudák
3 min

Introducing Kosice Story Hotel // Story 003

From all the local narratives, the history of interwar modern art is the least local and the most universal. Geopolitical changes after WWI caught Kosice in the position of an exile town for a lot of people, who had to seek new places for living in the post-monarchy. The period between 1920s and 1930s represents a golden age, in which cultural and artistic context of the town transcended its borders.

During the interwar period, East Slovakian museum was managed by Mr. Jozef Polák, a former officer, who was moved on his own request to the periphery of a newly established Czechoslovak Republic. Within two decades, Mr. Polák brought along prominent artists, put together and opened exhibitions of until-then rejected abstract art, created conditions for founding of the Krón School, drawing courses and classes lectured by Mr. Eugen Krón, an avant-garde artist. All these steps led to the establishment of a cultural milieu, which reflected contemporary tendencies of Weimar Bauhaus. The most distinctive figure of this ‘European period’ of Kosice is Mr. Anton Jasusch.                  

Messrs. Pavol Wohlfahrt and Rastislav Jurčík are architects in their everyday life, though they were working on the concept for Ambassador Hotel on the Main Street as curators in the gallery. Very personal gallery indeed. The End of Planet (Zánik planéty) by Mr. Anont Jasusch is the first in the series of large-format creations, which the author started to work on after his return from captivity he’d been taken during the fighting in WWI. Today  this work of art is on display in East Slovakian Gallery, yet it was inconsiderately and unworthily stored behind cabinets during the Communist regime. New life and extra dimension of the narrative behind The End of Planet was revived by Mrs. Mária Spoločníková, a restorer, whose work has been expressed by Pavol and Rastislav in their fragmental gesture dominating the entire room. According to the authors of the concept, the original piece reflects the colours, but its reproduction in Ambassador Hotel indeed radiates these colours – their intensity can be determined by guests themselves.       
Arrangement of the room represents expression of exhibit space from the paramount period of the East Slovakian museum director, Mr. Jozef Polák, as well as it epitomizes his own personal gallery.   

The Representative of Ambassador Hotel Mr. Richard Koščo highlights the dimension of the narrative, wherewith Messrs. Pavol Wohlfahrt and Rastislav Jurčík have presented their concept idea. Powerful moments of the  author’s life, the picture itself, as well as context of fine art scene of the town in twenties and thirties, enabled to realize not only the first concept idea, but also inspired the hotel owners to further adjustments of the hotel interior, which shall celebrate and remind of the town’s magnificent era.    

Mrs. Dorota Kenderová, a young director of East Slovakian gallery, accentuates a sophisticated form how the narrative of the interwar modern art integrates with other narratives within the entire context of Košice Story Hotel. Each topic contributes more and more to the integral mosaic of the town. Room in Hotel Ambassador with its spectacular reproduction of The End of Planet by Mr. Anton Jasusch as well as the importance of opening up to the public in several artistic forms; represent a meaningful approach for the institution she represents.  

Whether it is the authors of the concept, the representative of a major institution or a hotel representative, who went through the entire process of the room change with its authors, they all are thirty-years-olds professionally settled in Košice.
Finally, the creation of the interwar modern art narrative succeeded to connect a rising generation of creative people in Košice.

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